A way-too-early look at 2015: EWU and the FCS

It’s no surprise that Eastern is ranked among the football elite going into next year Read more

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Cheney football star commits to EWU

Keenan Williams was on the national radar, but is choosing to stay close to home Read more

EWU quarterback Adams rebuts Oregon rumors

EWU quarterback says he’s had no contact with Ducks Read more

Eastern Washington Hall of Fame member, track star Ron Chadwick, dies

Record-breaking hurdler Ron Chadwick, who was the second track and field athlete to be inducted into the Eastern Washington University Athletics Hall of Fame, died Wednesday in Spokane. Chadwick, who was 83, was selected as the outstanding performer at the 1954 NAIA Track and Field Championships, when he won the NAIA 120-yard high hurdles and 220-yard low hurdles titles. Read more

G&T Blog matters: Vernon Adams collects EWU academic honor, GU’s Kyle Wiltjer suttle skill, Mike Leach’s contract with WSU

A sampling from the past week of entries in The Spokesman-Review blog, Sportslink at spokesman.com/ blogs/sportslink. 2: The hard work paid off today, when Adams was named Eastern’s Scholar- Athlete of the Month for January, along with basketball player Melissa Williams. It’s been an unlikely road for Adams, a two-time All-American who told me this morning that he didn’t even like the classroom until he came to Cheney. Read more

Illinois State helmet stickers to honor father of EWU player

The Illinois State football team is paying tribute to the late father of an Eastern Washington football player by wearing a red “65” sticker on their helmets in Saturday’s FCS championship game vs. North Dakota State. John Rodgers collapsed in the stands with less than two minutes left in Illinois State’s 59-46 win at Eastern Washington on Dec. 13. He was resuscitated by first responders, but died on Dec. 26 at the age of 54. His son, All-American offensive tackle Jake Rodgers (pictured), who attended Shadle Park High, wore No. 65 for the Eagles. EWU football coach Beau Baldwin tweeted Thursday that the Illinois State football program and coach Brock Spack are incredible on the field and “amazing men of character as well,” while EWU athletic director Bill Chaves lauded the Redbirds sportsmanship. – AP Read more

EWU football recruits show their stuff

With national Letter of Intent Day barely a month away, here’s an early look at a few high school stars who’ve made verbal commits to the Eagles Read more

Father of EWU football player dies after game-day collapse

John Rodgers, the father of Eastern Washington University offensive tackle Jake Rodgers, died today after he collapsed in the Roos Field stands in the final minutes of Eastern’s game against Illinois State on Dec. 13. Read more

EWU’s Cooper Kupp named to another All-America first team

Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp was announced as a member of The Sports Network’s All-America first team on Tuesday. With the TSN honor Kupp has now been named to four All-America first teams (American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press and College Sports Madness) for his 2014 season. Kupp broke a school record and had the second-best pass receiving season in Big Sky Conference history with 104 catches. Those grabs were good for 1,431 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. “(Cooper) is one of the hardest working players on our team and it shows,” EWU coach Beau Baldwin said in a news release. Eagles junior quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., and senior offensive tackle Jake Rodgers were named to the TSN second team. Read more

Eastern Washington football players will miss most their times together this season

If Eastern Washington’s football fans were burdened this year by high expectations, it seldom weighed on the players. After the season ended Saturday, senior captain Dylan Zylstra said the biggest disappointment wouldn’t be the end of the season, but instead “the great times I’ve had with this group of brothers.” Read more

Eastern Washington football team loses 20 seniors but has experience returning

The Eastern Washington football team said goodbye last weekend to 20 seniors, including 10 starters. The Eagles will lose starters at three positions on offense, five on defense and two on special teams. That’s a lot, until you consider that many of those players shared time with underclassmen. Read more

Eastern Washington football players will miss most their times together this season

If Eastern Washington’s football fans were burdened this year by high expectations, it seldom weighed on the players. After the season ended Saturday, senior captain Dylan Zylstra said the biggest disappointment wouldn’t be the end of the season, but instead “the great times I’ve had with this group of brothers.” Read more

Eastern Washington junior QB Vernon Adams Jr. finishes 2nd again in Walter Payton Award balloting

Truth be told, Vernon Adams Jr. would rather have been in Cheney on Monday, preparing for Eastern Washington’s next football game. The next best thing was the Football Championship Subdivision awards banquet in Philadelphia, where for the second year in a row Adams was the runner-up for the Walter Payton Award. Read more

Adams awaits Payton verdict

Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. can’t wait to get back to work, especially after his Eagles were eliminated Saturday from the FCS playoffs. “The offseason is right around the corner, we’re going to work our butts off and work for Oregon next year,” Adams said after Eastern’s 59-46 loss to Illinois State. EWU opens at Eugene next season. Read more

John Rodgers, father of EWU’s Jake Rodgers, condition remains critical

John Rodgers, the father of Eastern Washington offensive lineman Jake Rodgers, was still in critical condition at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center’s ICU cardio unit, it was confirmed Sunday night. The elder Rodgers was stricken in the Roos Field stands at EWU during the Eagles’ FCS playoff game Saturday afternoon against Illinois State. Read more

John Blanchette: Football finishes a distant second

The fan had crumpled at the bottom of the steps that bisect sections D and E of the main grandstand at Roos Field, and almost instantly everything stopped. The game. The scoreboard clock. The noise for a comeback by the home team that still seemed halfway possible, and the slow leave-taking of those who had reluctantly given up on that possibility. Read more

Illinois State quarterback Tre Roberson leads Redbirds to FCS quarterfinal at Roos Field in Cheney

Vernon Adams Jr. is a Walter Payton Award finalist, but he wasn’t even the best quarterback at Roos Field on Saturday. Illinois State junior Tre Roberson was even better than advertised, keeping the Eagles defense off-balance all afternoon as the Redbirds claimed a 59-46 win in the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals. Read more

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